Cape Town Military Tattoo 2010: A historical drill by 3 Medical Battalion Group

The main theme of this year’s tattoo is ‘Come Home to Africa’, with the sub-theme being ‘A Tribute to the Unsung Heroes’. This is an acknowledgement of all the men and women of the military support services, who provide combat support. In order to illustrate this, a team of soldiers and medics from 3 Medical…

Cape Town Military Tattoo 2010: The SA Army Band Cape Town

After the high-energy performance by the drummies of Curro Private School, it was the turn of the popular SA Army Band of Cape Town (more here) in their red tunics and dark-blue pants to wow the audience. Led out by Drum Major WO2 André van Schwalkwyk and under the baton of Director of Music Major…

Cape Town Military Tattoo 2010: The Drum Majorettes of Curro School

After the spell-binding performance by the SAPS mounted unit, the spectators were in for a treat: the young drum majorettes of Curro Private School with their flashy red-blue-and-silver costumes, knee-length white boots and furry busbies, came striding into the arena, twirling their batons and silvery banners.

Cape Town Military Tattoo 2010: The Drill Squad

Once all the participants in the First Muster had left the arena, the Drill Squad from the Western Province School Marching Drill and Exhibition Association (WP SMDEA) emerged from the Kat archway. They were led out by their vigorous troop of drummers, who kept up a relentless beat, energising and driving on the squad.

Cape Town Military Tattoo 2010: The First Muster

After the closing of the Castle for the night, and giving everyone a big fright with the musket- and cannon fire, all the participating bands marched onto the arena for the exciting First Muster. Centre stage was taken by the SA Army Band of Cape Town in their startling red tunics, with the Army Band…

Cape Town Military Tattoo 2010: Prelude by the Dukes and the Sea Cadets

Spectators who arrived early for the show were entertained by the Band of the Cape Town Rifles (Dukes) in their red and navy uniforms with their white helmets. The band had set up their chairs and music stands in front of the ornate Kat balcony, and played a wide variety of music to get everyone…

Rehearsals for the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2010: Part 3

After spending most of the weekend at the Castle, observing the rehearsals of the various acts for the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2010 (see here and here), Monday was another long and full day. As the rehearsals didn’t start until after lunch, I joined my fellow ‘photies’, Brent and Lorraine, on an explorative ramble around…